A new image has been released by NASA which shows a family photograph left on the surface of the Moon by Apollo astronaut Charkes Duke.
It was unearthed in the Project Apollo Image Archive, which serves as an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing programme.
Duke left the photo there during the Apollo 16 mission on 23 April 1972, after he and John Young embarked on a mission to explore the Moon’s Descartes Highlands in a Lunar Roving Vehicle – and it will still be on that same spot even after 40 years!
The reverse of the photo is signed by Duke’s family and bears the message: ‘This is the family of Astronaut Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972.’
He also left a commemorative medal issued by the United States Air Force, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary in 1972.
It was crewed by Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly.